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Friday, September 12, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - September 12, 2014

A federal jugde orders two rejected candidates for state school board back on the ballot. Lee vows to block lame-duck legislation. Utah's GOP members of Congress send a letter asking Obama to not create a new national monument in the state.


  • 53 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 136 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 417 days to the 2015 election
  • 493 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 788 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A federal judge who ruled Utah's way of electing state school board candidates is unconstitutional orders the state to place two rejected candidates on November's ballot [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz vow to block any non-emergency legislation that comes up in Congress' lame-duck session after the election [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Utah's Republican members of Congress send a letter to President Obama asking him not to create a new national monument at Canyonlands National Park [Tribune].
  4. Speaker John Boehner says the House is still set to vote on a stopgap funding bill to avoid another government shutdown [The Hill].
  5. Sen. Orrin Hatch says billionaire Warren Buffet called him to talk about tax inversions [Tribune].
  6. Vail Resorts purchases Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5 million, ending the legal limbo for the ski area [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A Taylorsville elementary school teacher shoots herself in the leg, reigniting the debate over guns in the classroom [Deseret News].
  8. The Utah Board of Regents select Deneece Huftalin as the new president of Salt Lake Community College [Tribune].
  9. Pre-orders for the new iPhone start today. Here's where you can find the best deals [Time]. 
  10. Sarah Palin's family was reportedly involved in a drunken brawl at an Alaska dog sled event [Washington Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 - English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that bears his name.
  • 1944 - U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time during World War II.
  • 1977 - South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko died while in police custody.
  • 2001 - President George W. Bush asked Congress for $20 billion to rebuild and recover from the 9/11 attacks.
  • 2002 - President George W. Bush told the United Nations to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq or stand aside as the United States acted.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Walking on a Thin Line
Oh, the fine line of “advocacy” or “comparative” political campaign advertising as compared to “negative” advertising....

Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz Vow to Block Lame-Duck Bills
Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz say they will block any non-emergency legislation the Democrats try to push through during the lame-duck session of Congress later this year....

Hatch: Dem Rhetoric on Inversions 'Despicable'
Sen. Orrin Hatch slamsthe Obama administration and congressional Democrats for their election-year attempt to demagogue the tax inversion issue....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: My Name Is...What?
Well, we have a pretty good idea now why House Speaker Becky Lockhart is probably not going to run for Governor in 2016....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #204
Gov. Gary Herbert says he should have a working agreement with the feds on his Medicaid expansion alternative within the next few weeks. A poll shows Utahns oppose Becky Lockhart's appointment as state superintendent of schools and Sen. Mike Lee makes a hi...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Electing the State School Board
A federal judge ruled Utah's method for electing State School Board members is unconstitutional. Our "Political Insiders" are split on what the best method would be moving forward....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Red Pine Lake - Little Cottonwood Canyon--Tribune:Canyonlands: An unfinished conservation struggle--Tribune:Meet four champions of Canyonlands-- Tribune: Recreation: Fall leaves draw Utahns outside-- Tribune: Utah rivers runnin...

Downtown Dine O'Round
Utah restaurants are projected to see $3.6 billion in gross sales in 2014 and the Downtown Dine O’ Round is a great way to contribute to local business in our community. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Healthy Utah may get off the ground

Utah delegation 'proud' of Canyonlands, but urges against monument

Utah's new ski industry picture - Vail and the 12 dwarfs

Behind the headlines of the Swallow-Shurtleff scandal

Vail buys Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5M

Judge: Add two rejected school board candidates to ballots

Lee, Cruz vow to block any lame-duck action

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Quake reminder - Businesses must be prepared

Op-ed: Government broadband spells bad news for taxpayers

Editorial: Utah should change law allowing guns at school

Judge orders rejected State School Board candidates to be placed on ballot

Gov. Herbert marks 9/11 anniversary at NYC memorial site

Do guns belong in the hands of teachers? The debate is renewed

Vail Resorts buys Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5M

Taylorsville teacher injured after her gun discharges in school bathroom

Mega-resort could give boost to Park City, other resorts

National Headlines

To Defeat the Islamic State, Follow the Money (Politico)

Jay Carney's rough first night vs. John McCain (Politico)

Senate Republicans can taste majority (The Hill)

House punts on Syria decision as talk turns to October session (The Hill)

Obama slaps new sanctions on Russia (The Hill)

Boehner predicts vote on stopgap spending measure next week (The Hill)

72-hour wait for Missouri abortions takes effect next month (Los Angeles Times)

Cruz walks off stage after pro-Israel comments draw boos at event for M.E. Christians (Star-Tribune)

D.C. Public Schools Hides Teacher Who Told Students to Compare Bush to Hitler (Daily Beast)

Another governor's race poll, another big lead for Wolf (Times Online)

Right move, wrong plan? Lawmakers worried Obama using wrong military model to target ISIS (FOX News)

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